Going strong for 30 years, the Mount Vernon Farmers Market has been operating since 1987. Today it’s a vibrant event with live music, an array of vendors, and the occasional cooking competition.
The strong sense of community. Market-goers are loyal and vendors are especially friendly. It’s so popular and community-oriented that the market opened a second day of the week, Wednesday, outside the Skagit Valley Hospital, to address requests for more shopping.
Known for being helpful and neighborly. The market’s website is easy to navigate and informative from listing vendors with contact information to charting seasonal produce. The vendors themselves are ready to help customers and explain in detail their production processes. Market amenities like new bathrooms, ample parking, and lively entertainment make grocery shopping more enjoyable. You’ll be comfortable shopping at the Mount Vernon’s Farmers Market.
Who to See
Stop by the Dahlia Depot Farms stand to peruse their organic vegetables and farm-fresh eggs from freerange chickens. Their farm just north of Sedro Woolley is gaining fame thanks to their many varieties of microgreens. Try their Mild Mix on eggs, or kick up a turkey sandwich with their Spicy Mix. (dahliadepot.com)
Green Valley Elixirs is mixing up organic smoothies made with local ingredients. Slurp one up with some of their freshly baked cookies.
Try a few samples at the Skagit Maid Creamery stand. Dorothy Bradshaw, the owner, specializes in small batches of camembert and ricotta cheeses, handmade on Samish Island. Every batch is made with non-GMO Guernsey cow milk from Lynden’s MyShan Dairy. Guernsey cow milk is known for being gentler on lactose-intolerant digestive systems. (skagitmaid.com)
Enjoy Swedish pancakes from Pancakes at the Market. Owners Candy and Ray have been serving their Lingonberry butter-topped Swedish pancakes at the market for more than 14 years.
Buy a jar of honey from Bowen’s Bees. Bruce Bowen, the owner, has been keeping bees for over 40 years. His bees freely pollinate around Skagit County, resulting in some of the best blackberry and wildflower honeys you’ve ever tasted.
Pick up some cool, geometric jewelry from LM Inspired. Designer Lauren Grund uses inspiration from nature to set colorful stones into delicate chains and angled wires for unique necklaces and earrings that are sure to garner compliments.
Riverfront Plaza 509 Main St., Mount Vernon
Saturdays May 20–Oct. 14, 9 am–2 pm
Wednesday Market at Skagit Valley Hospital: June 7–Sept. 27, 11 am–4 pm
Opening Day: May 20 | mountvernonfarmersmarket.org